The boys are back: Mack, Arcata ready for McKinelyville Tip-off Tournament, Fortuna on the road at St. Helena Tournament

first_imgThe defending co-Big 5 Conference champion and Niclai Tournament champion Fortuna Huskies will begin their season today on the road in St. Helena with a first-round tournament game against El Molino while rivals Arcata and McKinleyville will lace up for the 33rd annual McKinleyville Tip-off Tournament.FortunaThe Huskies claimed thier third Niclai championship in program history with a 75-55 win over McKinleyville last season after Fortuna, McKinleyville and Del Norte finished the regular …last_img

I have lost a brother: Ahmed Kathrada

first_img15 December 2013 Nelson Mandela’s long-time friend and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada moved many mourners to tears as he paid a poignant tribute to the late statesman during a state funeral at Mandela’s home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday morning. “When Walter [Sisulu] died, I lost a father. When you died, I lost a brother. Now I don’t know who to turn to,” an emotional Kathrada told over 4 000 mourners gathered in a specially constructed dome on Mandela’s farm. He said the last time he had seen Mandela alive was when he visited him in hospital. “He tightly held my hand … and brought all emotions … Farewell my dear brother, my mentor, my leader.” Kathrada and Mandela were both imprisoned on Robben Island for their political views. “I recall the tall, healthy, strong man, the boxer, the prisoner who rigorously exercised every morning. Now the inevitable has happened. He left us to join the ‘A team of the ANC’,” Kathrada said. “Together, we shared ideas and walked side by side in the shadow of death.” He said South Africa was a country that had been blessed by many talented leaders, including Mandela. “We are deeply grateful to Madiba … We are deeply grateful that dignity has been restored to the people of South Africa. We are deeply grateful to Chapter 9 institutions that jealously guard our Constitution.” Kathrada called for unity, for the non-racist and non-sexist South Africa that Mandela and his generation had fought for. Dignitaries attending the funeral include Malawi President Joyce Banda, representing the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, representing former African liberation movements. Britain’s Prince Charles, US media personality Oprah Winfrey, and businessman and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe are also in attendance, while a limited number of local people from Qunu have been accommodated. Speaking before Kathrada, Mandela’s nephew, Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, said Mandela would rest in peace knowing that he had achieved his goal of a united and prosperous South Africa. “He did what he had to do, and we are proud of his achievements,” said Matanzima, who was representing the Mandela family. “We thank the people of South Africa for giving him a chance to lead. We thank the government for the dignified service he is afforded here today.” He further thanked the doctors who had cared for Madiba during his last days. Following the funeral service, Mandela will be buried next to his relatives at the family gravesite in a private, more intimate ceremony. Source: read more

CAD: CAD Renderings within PDFs

first_imgThere’s an incredible amount of innovation going that include announcements like Microsoft’s SilverLight, Sun’s JavaFX and Adobe’s Apollo and Flex2.  There’s even some excitement happening in the world of CAD, and Adobe is driving the change too.Adobe is calling their CAD viewing extensions in their Acrobat products Acrobat 3D. This isn’t a new product from Adobe, but it’s been significantly updated and there is a new release now in preview. Acrobat 3D extends the universally accepted PDF file format.  It allows 3-dimensional CAD model data to be embedded and viewed within PDF files.With Acrobat 3D you can take a model created using a standard CAD software package, compress the data as much as 150 times and then include it as part of a PDF file that can be viewed, marked-up and measured using the free Adobe Reader product.Acrobat 3D also can be used as a CAD conversion tool. After moving the data into the Acrobat 3D PDF format, it can then be exported into a neutral file format (STEP, IGES, and ParaSolid) that can then be read by nearly any CAD or CAE application.With Acrobat 3D it is now easy and cheap to exchange, share and collaborate on design data with anyone else inside or outside the enterprise. A big advantage is that CAD data can be consistently viewed by anyone.The CAD range of file formats supported is fairly complete and includes Catia V5 R17, UGS NX4, Pro/E Wildfire 3, Ideas 12 and Solidworks 2007.Using Adobe 3D can dramatically cut the number of copies of some high-end CAD tools that might be needed within a company and it greatly expands the audience of who has access to view the CAD models. Now the engineering designs are available not only to the design team, but also to production, marketing and even sales members.last_img read more

Position Yourself as an Expert Eco-Builder: Identify Your Ideal Customer

first_imgIntroductionBuilders and remodelers seem to be in the same category as attorneys and auto mechanics: necessary, tolerated, but not especially embraced by society. That may be because in most places, the bar is set pretty low to become a builder or remodeler. Unfortunately a lot of under-qualified folks get into the trades. Many backed into it because they couldn’t think of anything else to do and the home-building market was booming. The bad news is that we’re often painted with the same broad brush as the worst of the worst are painted. The result is that we spend a lot of time battling dumb pricing and dumber workmanship while pursuing smart building practices.The good news is that with such a low bar, it’s pretty easy to set yourself apart from the pack. But why be satisfied with positioning yourself away from the worst, and among the “good”? Why not position yourself as among the best? That’s what this series of posts is about. Green building is one way to deliver the next step in quality—because it comes with built-in advantages (like comfort and low utility bills) and quality assurances (in the form of green ratings). Most of these steps focus on what the best builders do anyway: communicate, differentiate, and manage projects in an organized manner. When you add best business practices to best building practices, you position yourself as the best.—_Daniel Morrison, Managing Editor_Part 1 of a 7-part seriesRapid changes in the residential construction industry are providing new profit and diversification opportunities for builders. Those who see and understand these opportunities can position themselves as experts in the field and provide exemplary service to gain an important edge in the marketplace. Knowing where you stand in relation to your competition is paramount. Educating and communicating that position to prospective customers is equally important.1. Identify your ideal customerDo you have your specific customer base identified? Do you have a particular label for your customers, such as “first-time homebuyers,” “baby boomers,” or “single moms”? If your marketing effort doesn’t speak directly to your ideal customer, it should, and it should stand apart from that of your competitors. Your message should leave customers hungry for more details, not be generic (and thus, boring). If your catchphrase is something like, “I’m a green quality builder,” you’re not alone—there are thousands of other builders saying the same thing. You are just one of the pack!Clearly defining your ideal customer will help you stand out from the pack. Not everyone is your customer; and it is impossible for you to be everyone’s builder. The clearer your message, the easier you make it for your ideal customers to find you in a crowded market. Be specific, and you will attract prospects who identify with your message.You want them to say, “Hey, that’s me!” or “That’s not me, but it sure sounds like my friend John!” This way, they may become your customer or refer you to others. The key is first to identify your market niche. Second, work up your message to express the essence of the value you offer to that ideal customer, such as “Helping first-time homebuyers build their dream home” or “Helping affluent professionals build their one-of-a-kind castle.” Use this message everywhere to capture the attention of ideal customers who are looking for their ideal builder—you!Next Week: Deliver great valuelast_img read more

Bumstead bill remedies local stagnant acquisition challenges

first_img State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, applauded today’s passage of House Bill 5398, which aims to help local governments consolidate small foreclosed properties by facilitating acquisitions of surrounding land for resale and potential development.LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, worked with Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon to see this legislation through completion. Moon brought Newaygo and Lake counties’ foreclosure acquisition issues to Bumstead’s office in Lansing, helped guide the legislative process with her firsthand experience and testified before the House Committee on Local Government.“My legislation will help local governments utilize small parcels of land that were once unsalable,” Bumstead said. “This issue is specifically a problem for Newaygo and Lake counties, but may certainly be applicable in other rural areas of Michigan.”Many of the district’s small parcels are owned by a numerous public and private parties and are abandoned or indefinitely entwined in the tax foreclosure process. Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon worked the Legislature to help remedy the situation in the district, because Bumstead said the land could be used more resourcefully if properly managed.“I certainly hope every bit of Pure Michigan can be enjoyed and utilized in some way, and this bill could certainly help put available land to good use,” Bumstead said.HB 5398 allows a county’s foreclosure unit to acquire property owned by state, federal and other governmental entities to encourage sales of tax reverted property. The bill passed 104-5 with one abstained vote, and will go to the Senate for further consideration.### 09Sep Bumstead bill remedies local, stagnant acquisition challenges Categories: Newslast_img read more

Local residents can meet with Rep Webber on Feb 16

first_img Categories: Webber News 09Feb Local residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Feb. 16 State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Friday, Feb. 16 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“Residents of the greater Rochester area are always welcome to join me at my local office hours,” Rep. Webber said. “I look forward to hearing about what issues are important to the people in my district.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at 517-373-1773 or via email at [email protected]last_img